Special Issue of "Humanities" Journal: "Deflating the Dictators: Satire, Humor, and Twenty-First-Century Tyranny"

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Literature, Nationalism History / Studies, Political History / Studies, World History / Studies

The journal Humanities seeks to publish international analyses of current efforts by satirists and humorists to call attention to the injustice and abuse inflicted by autocrats. Which satirists are engaging in a national or international struggle for justice against repressive leadership and with what means? How are satire and the related mode of humor currently functioning, despite censorship, in oppressive regimes? How do current satirical or humorous texts depicting oppression incorporate facts and artefacts that generate countercultural memories and thereby fill gaps in other historical or mass media narratives? 

A few examples of such artworks include the novel Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin (2006); the essay collection United States of Banana by Giannina Braschi (2011); the Masasit Mati acting group’s finger-puppet show series “Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator” (2011-2012), created to deflate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad; and Trevor Stankiewicz’s mixed genre satirical play The Darfur Compromised (2015). As Martha C. Nussbaum writes, “the ability to imagine vividly, and then to assess judicially, another person’s pain, to participate in it and then to ask about its significance, is a powerful way of learning what the human facts are and of acquiring a motivation to alter them” (Poetic Justice 91). This issue of Humanities delves into the political outcries and aesthetic innovations of satirical and humorous responses to twenty-first-century oppressive regimes.

Please send completed article of approximately 9,000 words, including references, to Jill Twark, East Carolina University, twarkj@ecu.edu by September 30, 2019. URL: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/special_issues/humor_satire

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Dr. Jill Twark

Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858


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